Tuesday, August 20, 2019

August 20: A world out of control. (error. A world controlled by.......


A note on the leaders in our business world.. (This article immediately below is not by me. This is from a note that was sent on to me.)
"In January 2019, I received the horrible, unreal news that I had a tumor growing not only in my scalp, but also through my skull and inside my skull, around my brain and some pretty big damage was caused. On February 4th, I went into surgery, and a biopsy done while my scalp was open and peeled back, indicated I had a lymphoma. A week later, the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota confirmed diffuse large B-cell Non-hodgkin's Lymphoma.
I have said this before: The known candidates and causes for this cancer include being a man, being over 60, having AIDS/HIV and glyphosate. Only one of these has not been tested or proven in my case so far. I am not a man. I am not over 60. I do not have AIDS/HIV. Testing for glyphosate is coming up.
I have been engaged in the call for an end to spraying in Nova Scotia for years. Former Minister of Environment, Margaret Miller blocked me a few years back, because I wouldn't leave her alone after she approved multiple permits around the province. It kills our wildlife, it poisons their food, destroys their habitat. It ends up in the water. It is destroying the filters that clean our air. It is in our food. It has been linked to NHL for years. It has been proven that Monsanto has lied about its impacts and influenced reporting on it.
This spraying of carcinogens on our food and forests is for profits. Profits for large corporations. Our lives are worth more than the wealth of a few.
It has to stop."

(The killer, in the Maritimes, is the Irving Family of New Brunswick. which happily sprays no matter how many sicken and die.)
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How inspirational!  Yes, Canada helping a people beaten down by their government. Yes. For that matter, they might have helped Hong Kongers for the very long period they were abused and humiliated by the British. And we could have stepped in. Yeah. Or we could have stepped in when the British  were starving and killing the people of India and China by the millions. Oh! - and all of the those Africans the British killed  - some with Canadian help. Or we could offer to help the people of Venezuela (and Cuba and Guatemala and others) who are being abused right now by the U.S.

For that matter, it might help it Canada were to begin honest treatment of it's native peoples..... Yeah! Lots of information there.
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Russia Times is, of course, biased. So it does not report stories unfavourable to Russia. That makes it very unwise to take RT as a sole source of information. However, while it is deliberately designed to be critical of the U.S. while at the same time ignoring Russia and the rest of the world, what it does report is usually reliable. It would be a big mistake to take RT as a general source of information. But it would be a bigger mistake to think it just prints propaganda.

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/19/why-does-donald-trump-want-to-buy-greenland

This is not a joke. And forget the stories your going to be told about how Americans will benefit from this.

If the U.S. buys Greenland, it will be for the mineral wealth of that region. Who would pay for this purchase? The American tax payer. the ordinary man and woman in the street. Who will get the benefit of it? The billionaires - who don't have to pay anything because they don't pay taxes in the first place.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/20/donald-trump-uk-trade-brexit-chaos-boris-johnson-us-eu
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https://www.thenation.com/article/iran-media-war/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/central-america-migrant-crisis-foreign-policy-trump/

Trump is, of course, an ass. But he did not create the viciousness and greed of American foreign policy. That goes all  the way back to George Washington.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/iran-media-war/

In war, the news media always blame the other side. In World War 1,  the British media blamed the Germans. The Germans blamed the British. Same in World War 2.

Since World War 2, the U.S. has bombed, starved, invaded over 50 countries. Think of one, just one, of these assaults and mass murders the U.S. has criticized.  (In fact, try to think of how many or few we have never even been told about - like the mass murder of civilians and clergy in Guatemala.)
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http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/08/canadas-troubling-policy-honduras
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/08/ucp-slaps-alberta-teachers-association-%E2%80%A6-probably-not-last-time___________________________________

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/08/ucp-purges-ndp-appointees-albertas-boards-agencies-and
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/08/kenney-conservatives-create-policy-panel-push-working-poor-back
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/greening-news/2019/08/resistance-trans-mountain-pipeline-growing-all-fronts
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/20/prayforamazonia-goes-viral-twitter-users-call-attention-international-emergency
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/08/israel-pushing-palestinians-to-leave-gaza

Israel - the deathbed of Judaic principles.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/08/the-quest-for-an-ideal-teacher

This includes university teaching. And I would urge university teachers to take this seriously.
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https://thetyee.ca/Mediacheck/2019/08/20/SNC-Lavalin-Scandal-Sideshow-Corporate-Control/

Too true. The SNC  Lavalin scandal is not just about the Liberals. Indeed, it even may be  more about the Conservatives. And that's been true of just about every political scandal in the history of Canada.
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/media-cant-even-tell-the-truth-about-canadas-foreign-policy-history/5686502

Didn't you learn all about this in your high school history courses?
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52123.htm

Predictably, the people of Hong Kong have been forced to choose between two evils - China and us.
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I'm really not sure what to make of this one.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52123.htm
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/08/20/coverups-and-lies-systemic-cancer-world-oilpatch-health-and-safety-breaches-say
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/20/bolsonaro-greenlights-new-pesticides-even-advocates-mourn-half-billion-dead-bees

With Bolsonaro on our side, who needs enemies?
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https://truthout.org/articles/we-could-eliminate-extreme-global-poverty-if-multinationals-paid-their-taxes/

But we won't make multinationals pay their taxes. The problem is US!
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https://theintercept.com/2019/08/20/trump-jews-disloyalty-democratic-anti-semitism/

Trump is disgusting. At least 42% of Americans support him.
Canada sits on a border next to the U.S., the world's leading killer since 1945. Canada has sent it's military to kill in order to please American mass murderers in Korea, Afghanistan, Libya, and others. Trudeau will roll over and kill for Trump in Venezuela. Count on it. Canada's Conservatives are, if anything, much worse.

Wealthy Americans are determined to control and loot  the whole world. They spread poverty and death wherever they go. Just take a good look at what has happened to almost all of Latin America. And Canadian capitalists have happily joined them.

The role played by Canada in the world has been as a bumboy to the U.S.

It's embarassing, worse than embarassing, to see the role Canada has played. Though it's good, of course, for Canadian billionaires who get to share in the plunder of regions like Latin America.

I remember the joy of Victory in  Europe day. I remember the wonderful things that were going to happen. But what did happen was that Canadian billionaires were just as greedy as American ones. And so we now live in a nation that let's the super-rich to live tax free while millions live in poverty.

If the Canada Legion would bother to look, it might notice that we have betrayed everything we said Canadians fought for in World War Two. We certainly did not fight World War Two so we     could help the U.S. to defend a brutal and corrupt regime in Korea. (Yes. That means South Korea - it was a regime as vicious as they come.) And Canadians died to defend it. If the Legion cared about it's members, it hasn't said so about that or about our troops in Afghanistan.

The U.S. and Canada today cannot be called democracies. Both are nations controlled by the very, very wealthy. (And Canada's Liberals and Conservatives lick their feet.) Trudeau is a lap dog for Trump. And if the Conservatives come to power, they will be much worse. (Alas! The NDP and the Greens have not taken up the slack.)

The winner of the coming federal election can only be either Liberal or Conservative. But neither of them can be anything but what they already are - puppets for the very wealthy. And that has been the history of Canada for most of the years since 1945.

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And now, a quiet moment.

Last night I was watching a British movie on TV.  It was about the dreadful retreat to Dieppe. The horror of it still  holds power for this seven year old boy. With the collapse of most of western Europe and France in the face of a well planned German assault, the remnant of a British army had to flee to the French coast and line up on the sands of Dieppe hoping Britain could evacuate them. This was crucial. If the Germans could reach Britain's only major army,  thousands would die - and the war would be over.

But the British did, for the most part, escape. And Hitler would lose. As I watched it, I thought of all the Boy Scouts from my father's  troops who were coming to see us and say goodbye. And I was enraptured by the voice of Vera Lynne and her rendition of "There'll be Blue Birds Over
                    The White Cliffs of Dover..."
There was courage in terrible, terrible danger. There was a determination to 'carry on'. There was a magnificence in all of this. But how did it start? If you read the newsmedia of the time  (or if you look at you high school history books),, Hitler was the evil one. And evil he certainly was.....but....

In reporting war news, our side is always good, and the other side is always evil. But --well ---

In  World War One, nobody had really started it. What happened there was that the nations of Europe were faced with the new situation -  the covering of Europe with rails and steam power. Most nations felt this meant that the next war would be the one that most quickly  used trains to move their troops to decisive battlefields.

That was when a student murdered the archduke of Austria. Nothing suggested that any country organized this. But every country  packed its troops into trains and set them out in ways that could not be changed. That is how World War One began. Nobody started it. Or everybody did. But this had no effect on the news media. All of them reported their own side as being good, and other sides as bad.

However, at the signing of the peace treaty, reality was recognized. Really, nobody had started that war (Or everybody had.) So at the treaty signing, there were no crushing financial penalties. Until....

Britain demanded heavy financial penalties to impoverish Germany.. Why? Germany didn't start the war. No ------

---but, much to the annoyance of British capitalists, Germany had been rapidly developing as a financial power - and British capitalists were not amused by this challenge to their power. Thus the British decision to place savage terms on the peace treaty, terms that made Germany a pauper. Germans were, of course, infuriated. All of this came to the ears of a  young      veteran of World War One who had been trying, without success, to rouse Germans to anger and conquest in reaction to their defeat in the war.

Adolph Hitler was, at the time, writing his thoughts for the future of HIS Germany. It was called Mein Kampf. British treatment of Germany had been an insult, one that Hitler could use. At the same time, he created his myth of evil Jews. Did he believe it? Almost certainly not. But, like Donald Trump's later treatment of Latins, it proved useful.

So who set the world up for World War Two? The single biggest villain probably was Britain.

And before you angrily erase all this, check  your history. The Britain of several centuries up to1939 might well still have been the most murderous nation in the world. It was driven by the greed of it's capitalists.

Similarly, the American war with Japan was a set up. U.S. capitalists wanted that war to provoke an attack on the U..S. by the Japanese. At the time, with the British hopelessly tied down in Europe, China was wide open to domination by the U.S. capitalists. But the U.S. needed  Japan to make the first move. So it cut off almost all of Japan's fuel supplies.

American leaders were expecting a Japanese response. And they got it. But they weren't expecting Pearl Harbour. 

Shortly after, the U.S. would enter the war in Europe - but not because they gave a damn about Europe or about Britain. Their real interest was in grabbing control of British oil in the middle east. So it was they stole Saudi Arabia from the British. It also stole Iran - but lost it again.

And so I think of this British soldiers lined up on the shore at Dieppe.  They were brave. But it does not follow that their leaders were either brave or wise.

Canadian soldiers have fought bravely. It does not follow that their political leadership thought wisely or honestly in, say, the Boer War, Korea, or Afghanistan. If The Canadian Legion really wants to serve is members - shouldn't it be addressing that? And if we really value the service of our military, shouldn't we be more critical of how they are used?

A final thought.
Our world cannot possibly survive being taken to where we are taking it.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

August 17: worse and worse.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/afghan-cenotaph-dedication-again-1.5250149

We most  certainly should remember those who died in Afghanistan. But we should not use such an event to glorify war - though that's a bad habit we have.

The war in Afghanistan is an American war - and it is a war that has no justification. Canadians went and Canadians died. But we had no business to send them. Nor did the U.S. That lesson should have been rubbed home in recent months as the U.S. is making noises about peace after 19 years of  killing people it  had no reason to kill in the first place.

Why did the U.S. start that war?  (It had earlier trained and equipped those same people to kill Russians.) The U.S. fought that war because it looked easy, because there were resources to be plundered.... Those are not legal reasons to start a war.

Why did Canada join that war? Was Afghanistan a threat to Canada? Nobody has ever said so.

Why did the U.S. want Canada to join that war? 1. Because the U.S. wanted to give the impression that the west in general supported this war. 2. Because Canada is an American colony. 3. Why didn't the Canadian Legion raise hell about us sending Canadians to die in an illegal American war? Because The Legion leadership has always seen its role as being to glorify war....and to do it in a simple- minded way.

Should we remember those Canadians who died in a war that was none of our business? We certainly   should. They put their lives on the line.

But let's not glorify this. Those Canadians who served and died certainly did so to serve their country. But they weren't serving their country. They weren't even serving the U.S. They were serving wealthy Americans who wanted to plunder the resources of Afghanistan. And let's not pretend it was anything else.

We owe those who served and died in Afghanistan. And we can only pay that debt by telling the truth.  But by lying about it, we simply guarantee that more Canadians die fighting wars for billionaires.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/trump-trade-war-impacts-1.5247996
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/tropical-fish-nova-scotia-1.5248688

We're changing nature. And there's a heavy price for that.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/hong-kong-teachers-march-to-protect-our-students-in-1-of-several-demonstrations-1.5250973

Why are the Hong Kongers so determined to maintain their freedom? It's because they and other Chinese had the horror of living under British and other European rule through many lifetimes.  The British, in particular, were murderous, arrogant, savage. I was in Hong Kong in its late years of British rule. The British didn't kill Hong Kongers any more but, oh, they were unspeakably arrogant. I got to meet senior British officials - and they were as racist and hateful as - well - as racist and hateful as they had always been.

Hong Kongers were delighted that the British were leaving - but they had no taste for the Chinese masters who would follow the British. The got used to freedom after the British left - and they wanted to keep their freedom. This is not just a rising again Chinese rule.  It is shaped by those long years of the horror of British rule. Thus the intensity of their resistance to China.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/not-for-sale-danish-politicians-ridicule-idea-of-trump-buying-greenland-1.5249336

Did Trump actually mean this? I think he did. But he has since been trying to laugh it off.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/16/iran-oil-tanker-us-uk-gibraltar-warrant

Don't be lulled to sleep by the Iran confrontation. This one has the potential to spark World War Three.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/15/uk-caught-in-middle-of-us-power-play-with-iran

When I was very young, Britain ruled the waves. It was the greatest empire in history. In grade 1, we saluted the Union Jack, pointed to it, and said,  "I pledge allegiance to THIS flag and to the empire for which it stands."

Now, it is in the final stages of its ruin, clinging to a U.S. which abuses it.
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https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/aug/16/warning-signs-for-global-economy-the-countries-spooking-investors
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/17/nuclear-arms-race-is-back-and-more-dangerous-than-before
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/17/trump-netanyahu-ilhan-omar-rashida-tlaib
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-even-by-middle-eastern-standards-the-latest-skirmishes-in-the-region-are-bizarre

Check your calendar. This is 75 years after the war to end all wars.
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__https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-even-by-middle-eastern-standards-the-latest-skirmishes-in-the-region-are-bizarre
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https://www.thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-corporate-media/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-recession-bill-maher/

Of course. In a time of recession, the Trumps and the Fords and the rest of that crowd  will reduce taxes on the rich - and say it's good for us. That's what happened in the 1930s.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/militarization-national-religion/

It's not just the U.S.  Many, many countries glorify war. They seem not to have noticed that Naziis glorified the military as people who fought for their country.
So did the Japanese.

Leaders of The Canadian Legion should be pioneers in helping us to understand war. Instead, they teach us to glorify it.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/new-york-times-donald-trump-election-2016/

The world of journalism is largely a gutter of lies and propaganda. And that includes even the New York Times. And Conrad Black really filled the gutter when he founded Canada's National Post.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/central-america-migrant-crisis-foreign-policy-trump/

We have very limited information about the U.S.  murder, starvation, slavery of Latin Americans. (And none about Canadian behaviour in that region.) This is the old, British Empire with a vengeance.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/17/bolton-desperate-start-war-us-issues-warrant-seize-iranian-oil-tanker
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https://consortiumnews.com/2019/08/08/for-cliff-may-war-pays/
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/08/india-may-use-nuclear-option-first-to-pre-empt-attack-of-pakistan

There are now several nuclear  wars in the making. Not bad for a world that said it would never use them.
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/08/july-2019-was-hottest-month-since-records-began-in-1880

Hey, trust your billionaire oil barons. They're only doing what's good for you. And trust Canada's Conservatives with their long history of going only what is good for...
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/uncle-sam-was-born-lethal/

In fairness, the Americans learned about greed and brutality  from the British Empire. But, oh,  they built on it. And their schools lay the groundwork for more greed and murder with a heavy groundwork of historical lies.
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/08/16/is-white-supremacism-a-mental-illness/
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https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2019/08/16/Ready-Or-Not-And-Mediocre-Rich/
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https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2019/08/15/Liberal-Partisan-Response-Trudeau-Scandal-Sad-Reality/
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Pay attention to ALL of this one. Alberta can do well without the oil industry.

https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/08/14/Calgary-Oil-Gas-Execs-Backing-Scheer/
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https://www.globalresearch.ca/19-million-acres-farmland-were-not-planted-crops-this-year/5686601
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The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is the most vicious and criminal act in the whole history of warfare. And the excuse that it saved American lives is pure bunk.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/were-atomic-bombings-hiroshima-nagasaki-war-crime-crime-against-humanity/5683441
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I haven't been able to use this site for some months - but the problems seem to have cleared up - and it's an excellent site.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/
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I don't doubt that the following story is true. The U.S. is interfering in the Hong Kong/China dispute. But it's also true that the Hong Kongers are desperately anxious to live in a democracy - and that China is NOT a democracy.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52103.htm
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Forget the phony bluster in Trump's speeches. Ordinary Americans and Canadians are getting systematically robbed by the very, very wealthy of these countries.

https://popularresistance.org/a-litany-of-economic-woes/
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https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/plants-struggle-grow-atmosphere/
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This next item on education is true so far as it goes. But it is kind to the western world. The reality is that our western societies have their own barriers to education. An important barrier, one I grew up with, is that children of low income families are not motivated to learn. They have no sense that this is any part of their world. (And it doesn't help when we reduce teaching staff in our schools. and it doesn't help when we ignore the problem.)

One might add - though large numbers now go to university, their university professors have no training in teaching. None. Nada. Many regard it as beneath them. More are just lost in their own egos.

How should learning proceed at university level? Most have no idea. I still have a strong memory of all those courses I took - and memorized for exams. I remember nothing of them, any of them. Well, I remember a course on pilgrimage in the middle ages. And I  remember that 'if yow leste' means 'if it is pleasing to you.' But I've yet to see any opportunity to use that knowledge.

It takes study and training to know how to provide useful stages in learning. Most university teachers don't have that. (And it's an unforgivable sin for a university teacher to say that.)

My first course in university was a great, big blog of information about Canada from then to now. It had little to do with the reality of Canadian history. It was just masses of time to spit out on  exam day.

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/10-barriers-to-education-around-the-world-2/
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/08/16/inside-the-submissive-void/
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There seems to be quite a rash of these reports lately. There is some truth in them. But it's also true they ignore the needs and values of the people of Hong Kong. Those people were always treated brutally and even murderously by their western invaders - notably the British.

https://off-guardian.org/2019/08/17/china-and-the-zombies-of-the-past/
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https://theintercept.com/2019/08/16/portland-far-right-rally/

The world tomorrow.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/afghan-cenotaph-dedication-again-1.5250149

They were noble. Okay. And what about those Afghans who died fighting for their country. Were they noble, too? The British who  conquered much of the world - China, India, Canada, the U.S., much of Africa - were they noble? And the people who defended themselves against them - were they all noble? In the Americas, our ancestors stole land and murdered native peoples. Was that noble? And the native peoples who tried to fight back - where they noble?

Isn't it time for us to stop romanticizing war, and to look at what it really is? Canadian veterans of Afghanistan were sent to a country which in no way threatened Canada. No. The Canadians were not evil. They were victims of our use of them. We were evil for sending them to kill and die in an American invasion of them. We were evil for not questioning why we did this. We were guilty of sacrificing Canadians to fight for billionaires who wanted to make big money out of this - for themselves.

Let's grow up. Let's stop glorifying war. Let's recognize the truth. We sent those Canadians to kill people they knew nothing about, people who in no way threatened Canada.  We put Canadian lives at risk for no good reason.

When, a century and more ago, wealthy Brits wanted to plunder countries, they sent British  troops to to the dirty work for them. The troops got nothing but words of praise ('splendid chaps) for young men who were dumped on the streets as soon as they were no longer needed.

War is not glorious. It is a product of greed and murder to serve the rich. Almost all wars have been like that. Praise for the troops is an abuse of them. Let's grow up.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

August 15: a confused day.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/trump-cucinelli-statue-of-liberty-verse-europe-immigrants-1.5246852

And the evangelical churches that support Trump will also support this racist policy.
__________________________________________________________________https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/14/trudeau-broke-ethics-law-in-snc-lavalin-case-watchdog-rules

https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/ethics-report-1.5247595

And Conservatives would never, ever break the ethics law. No. Well, not  unless they could get paid for it.

At this crucial point in history, the western world, and maybe the eastern one , has   crashed into chaos. Americans are nearing that important day - election day - when they vote out of colossal ignorance  about their own country. They believe the myths of their lying history even as they plunge into a period of racism that Hitler would have admired. And they bemuse themselves that their votes matter at a time when the election campaign is running on the money of billionaires, and even as most American voters are ignorant of most of the real issues.

Canadian voters must be the same because  Canadians seem to have no idea what the issues are. The Conservatives are demanding honesty in government. Come off it. The Conservative party was created long ago to get bought by the wealthy to make them wealthier. It was a den of thieves long ago under John A, and even before.

The Liberals think they're the good guys because - damned if I know why. They, like the Conservatives, were founded as assistant thieves to please the very rich. Now they've   capped it with Trudeau whose only move to deal with the climate change issue has been  to piddle around with the prairie oil issue  without actually doing anything. Meanwhile, he has publicly sold himself to the thieves who operate SNC Lavalin.

Neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives have any significant policy to deal with anything. Both are are on the take. And the Canadian people, bless their little hearts, remain ignorant of the world that is crashing on us. They are also, I regret to say,  soaking up the political idiocies of the United States - hatred of immigrants, willingness to kill, refusal to face the realities of the world we live in. We, too, have entered the age of stupidity and greed.

The Greens and the NDP at least make a gesture to deal with the problems we face. Both are much too meek about it. However, both are far, far more honest than the old parties. Alas! Canada is still a land that prefers lying and corrupt parties - you know, "I always vote Liberal (or Conservative) because my grandpa always did...." And, oh, that has produced some gems - like a Trudeau who's way over his head, a Doug Ford who doesn't have enough head to be a way over, a  Cheney whose mind, at best, is trivial, lying, and really, really stupid.

As we hold this election, the world is in chaos. At least a hundred million are homeless and wretched. And we  haven't done a damn thing to help them. It's not just climate change. It's the massive destruction of agricultural land. Yes folks. All over the land we are seeing a massive loss of our food supply. Brazil is creating what may be the greatest destruction of the environment in history. It's going to destroy the Amazon rain forest. That means destroying its animal life and, indeed, the lives of native peoples. It means destroying the forest's purpose in sustaining a livable environment for the whole world.  So Trump applauds its appointment of its ambassador to the U.S.  - the son of its hate and vicious president. (Hey, gotta concentrate on the evil Venezuelans who think they should be allowed to run their own country.)

All over the world, and in the seas, there has been a colossal disappearance of species - species we need for our own survival. Without them, we die.

As other species die, humans are dying now at rates in the millions. Within a very short time, the millions will be multiple hundreds of millions and, ultimately, it will be us.

The preservation of oil drilling will, of course, briefly save jobs. It will also kill us all. We are seeing it now where large parts of the Earth have become death traps, where the oceans have become poisons, where the fields have become sands.

We have not done a thing to change this.  Other people are dying. And soon, other people will be us. And here we are  wondering whether we should vote Liberal or Conservative, whether we can depend on the wisdom and insights of a Trump whose only interest is himself, or a Cheney whose education is so feeble it would make it hard for him to get a minimum wage job.

We have little time, so little it may already be too late.

And so the Liberals and the Conservatives bring on the clowns.

Canada should be ashamed.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/israel-trump-omar-tlaib-1.5247941

Note to Donald Trump and all his "semite" friends. Palestinians ARE     semites. Semites are not just Jews. All people who speak semitic languages are semites - that includes Jews AND arabs. Israel has stolen exclusive use of the name for itself just as it has stolen the land of the Palestinians.

And Trump? He's just ignorant.
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https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/trump-cucinelli-statue-of-liberty-verse-europe-immigrants-1.5246852

Of course, the statue of liberty verse is about white folks. The U.S. has always been racist. Remember, the U.S. is the one that almost annihilated its native people so it could steal their land.

(Yes. Canada did some of that, too. And it still does.)
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/15/us-moves-to-block-release-of-iranian-vessel-in-gibraltar

Of course , the U.S. has a right to tell countries who they are allowed to trade with. It's the only country in the world that has that right.
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I have looked at Fox news only recently. Almost all Canadian and American news agencies are heavy on bias. But I am amazed how Fox news has managed to be the worst. It is, of course, pro-Trump.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/aug/15/fox-news-nation-todd-starnes-migrants-nazis-invasion
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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/14/it-can-happen-again-americas-long-

The U.S. has always been racist, ever since the earliest landings of Europeans. So has Canada. But the reality is we are living in a world that cannot survive racism. We live in a world that, like it or not, has to accept massive movements of its peoples - at least hundreds of millions of them. Otherwise, none of  us survive.
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https://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/dyer-even-by-middle-eastern-standards-the-latest-skirmishes-in-the-region-are-bizarre
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I'm afraid this next one is more optimistic than the situation deserves.

https://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/9531377-gwynne-dyer-at-this-point-the-hong-kong-confrontation-is-purely-symbolic/
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/15/global-temps-continue-soar-upward-noaa-confirms-july-2019-was-hottest-month-records

Not to worry. The Conservative Party of Canada says it ain't happening.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/15/we-will-not-let-violence-stop-us-jewish-activist-group-says-guard-was-driving-truck
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/14/now-earning-278-times-more-average-worker-new-study-shows-ceo-pay-has-grown-more

What we are slow to recognize is how we are being aggressively cheated, making us poorer even as the rich are getting richer. We are being plundered - and it's going to get much, much worse. How long will we stand around like this with our faces hanging out?
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/14/fracking-boom-us-and-canada-largely-blame-massive-rise-global-methane-levels-study

And New Brunswick's  Irving family just loves fracking. When do we wake up and realize how greedy, vicious, and irresponsible such people are?
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https://www.commondreams.org/further/2019/08/13/bulletproof-never-looked-better-and-america-has-lost-its-mind

Yes. America has lost its mind.
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https://www.thenation.com/article/militarization-national-religion/

I recently had a post from an old student praising Canada's military. Now, I have nothing against those who serve. And there have been times when we have desperately needed them. As in World War Two.

And there have been times when we have callously thrown them into battles that meant nothing to us. Not all of our military roles deserve praise. Too bad the Canadian Legion has figured that out. Too bad it has never given our governments hell for throwing naive young people into the fire - as we  did in Korea and Afghanistan.

And we should protect young people - especially the many of those who joined not to serve anybody - but for the pure thrill of it all. I remember them when I was a child, and they were volunteering for WW2. I knew them again when I was 15 or so, and they were volunteering for Korea. Few of them had any sense of 'serving   Canada'. It was just the thrill of war that attracted them.

We should remember our veterans. We should be grateful to some of them. We should be penitent for our encouragement to them to go to wars that had nothing to do with  us. We should remember them, often with sadness, not with brainless cheering.

As a kid, I remember Bertie, a seriously retarded 16 year old who played with me when I was seven. He stole his brother's draft papers, and joined up. In his first action, he was screaming for his mother when a machine gun cut him in half. What did that have to do with 'serving the king' ?

I remember the boys from my father's scout troop coming back at age 17 or 18 to say goodbye. Was it patriotism? No. Even as a child I could see it was the excitement that got to them. A little older, I would see kids just older than me joining up. It wasn't patriotism. It was excitement.

And what did their service provide? What was the "better" world they made? It wasn't better. The the war ended, Nazi aggression was replaced by American aggression as the U.S. has invaded at least 40 countries - sometimes with Canadian help. It is now threatening Iran, Syria, China - countries all over the world. I don't know why my father's boy scouts joined up in 1939. But I don't think it was so a handful of U.S. billionaires could plunder the world.

Alas. The Canadian Legion, which should have protected our veterans, immediately became a propaganda glorifier of war. It's leadership has failed to notice that World War Two and Korea and Afghanistan have not been used to make this a better world. Quite the opposite. They have been used to increase wars and plunder.

Yes. Some of those wars were started by 'the other side'. but most - like Korea and Afghanistan and Libya, and our flirtation with the Russian border, and with Iran were the creations of our wealthy as Canadians died to made billionaires richer. (Add to that the 30,000 Canadians who served in the U.S. forces in Vietnam. And tell me what that has to do with patriotism.)
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_http://rabble.ca/podcasts/shows/rabble-radio/2019/08/elizabeth-may-we-dont-have-choose-between-economy-and
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http://rabble.ca/news/2019/08/canadian-health-care-will-be-front-and-centre-both-canadian-and-us-elections
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/viewpoint-reproductive-justice/2019/08/fords-cuts-health-care-and-our-rights
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/david-suzuki/2019/08/new-ipcc-report-flags-diet-and-land-use-changes-curb-climate

Yeah. Yeah. What does David Suzuki know. I mean, we got Conservative leaders who are intellecually proven like Kenney and Ford who both finished high school.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/08/alberta-may-still-be-mired-climate-change-denial-rest-world
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/08/how-the-u-s-created-the-central-american-immigration-crisis
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/08/the-fading-home-of-homo-sapiens
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https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/08/07/Industry-Endangered-Species-Clash/
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/08/14/russian-blast-points-to-danger-of-new-nuclear-arms-race/
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I have mixed feelings about this one. I don't see where the alternatives could be - on either side. The British were certainly brutish in their years in China. They treated the Chinese with utter contempt - and happily killed them. There were still echoes of that in the Hong Kong I saw some   30 or so years ago.

But I don't see a solution in this article.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52085.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52088.htm

Again, I see two points of view. I can't see any merit is supporting either of them.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52093.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52098.htm
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Canada and the U.S. throw away their potentially clever students from their public schools. Here's a more sensible response.

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/brampton-manor-students-offers-oxbridge/
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https://theintercept.com/2019/08/14/trump-iran-worst-lies/
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https://theintercept.com/2019/08/14/ice-solitary-confinement-mental-illness/

Surprise! Surprise!
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I'm pretty sure I misnamed a Canadian premier somewhere in all this. But It's been a long day, and I'm tired. Find it and use to attack me, and maybe even demand that the Canadian Legion be called in to criticize me.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Aug.13: :Wake Up"

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/jeffrey-epstein-investigation-1.5243121

Prince Andrew   could be up to his ears in this one. Many years ago, he was a student at a boys' expensive school in Ontario. I met one of his teachers who told me the prince was obsessed by sex - especially weird sex. And I can remember seeing a  video of him  ( TV? Web? not sure) at a very wild, nudist party. That's not  unusual for the royal family. But this could be a tough one to deal with.

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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/12/climate-crisis-heat-trapping-gases-broke-records-2018-report

Nah! If this were true, Trump, Canada's Conservative party, and the oil industry would have told us.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/12/hong-kong-police-britain-arms-protests-boris-johnson

Britain and the U.S. are the world leaders in supplying brutal governments with weapons. And there is, perhaps, another motive in Britain's supply to China. British business had enormous  holdings in Hong  Kong - and probably still has. And the Brits may well sell out their former friends to keep itself in that market.
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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/13/us-no-deal-john-bolton-trade-foreign-policy
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_https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/aug/08/gaza-review-political-siege-documentary-egypt-israel
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https://www.thenation.com/article/immigration-public-charge-trump-deportation/
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https://www.thenation.com/article/mexico-transcanada-pipeline-puebla-indigenous-rights/

Gee. I didn't notice this story anywhere in our LastPost/Irving presses.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2019/08/mohawk-land-defender-ellen-gabriel-continuing-struggle-land

Canada has made no progress in it's treatment of native peoples in hundreds of years. The U.S. killed most of it's own native peoples. Canada just ignores them.
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/08/conservative-mismanagement-albertas-health-care-system-feature

Of course. Canada's Conservatives are, essentially, the bastard children of American Republicans.
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https://www.hilltimes.com/author/gwynne-dyer

A feast of Dyer - the best analyst in the business.
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/13/humanitys-destruction-oceans-nearly-doubled-over-decade-scientists-warn-and-could
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/13/crazy-scientists-alarmed

It's a good think we have real smart people who finished high school like Doug Ford and Jason Cheney. They'll smarten up them stoopid scientists.
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How soon we forget. There was a wild enthusiasm for Hitler in the U.S. (and in parts of Canada) before the war. And, in both Canada and the U.S., there was far, far less sympathy for Jews that one might have expected. Indeed, the anti-Jewish feeling persisted for many years after the war. (For at least two years after World War Two, it was almost impossible for Jewish survivors of Hitler's death camps to come  to Canada or the U.S.

https://www.commondreams.org/further/2019/08/12/yes-it-could-happen-here-when-nazis-came-new-york
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/08/our-vanishing-world-rainforests
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/08/reality-denial-among-americas-democratic-party-faithful
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https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/the-war-on-innocence-palestinian-children-in-israeli-military-court/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52077.htm
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This next one might be overstated. I desperately hope it isn't.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52081.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52076.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52079.htm

 75 years after the war in which Canadians died, we were told, to bring peace and freedom to the world, we have actively been destroying peace and freedom all over the world.

(A recent statement from the Canadian Legion, our veterans association, maintains  that we have brought  peace and freedom. But that's because the Canadian Legion has long since been an organization that serves the very, very wealthy, and has long since given up the defence of those  values were were told we were fighting for  75  years ago.)

The first example of all those things our fathers and grandfathers (yes, and many mothers and grandmothers) fought for was South Korean democracy. I'm old enough to remember some of those who fought and some who died. 516 died.

I knew some when I got my first job as a mail boy at Bell Telephone. They talked about the war as fun. In fact, they had no idea what it was about.

To defend South Korean democracy? Like hell. South Korea was not a democracy. It was a dictatorship by those who had supported Japan in World War Two.  That was South Korea before the war, during it and for years after it.

And a high proportion of the Canadians who died were teen-agers who didn't understand that when they went  - and the living ones probably still don't  understand it.

The real purpose of the war? It was to enable the U.S. to have a base for the invasion of China.  To free China? Of course not. The idea was to hand over China to the U.S. so American big business could plunder China as the British had.

Where the hell was the leadership of The Canadian Legion as that happened? Did it defend the interests of those Canadians who were dying to make wealthy Americans wealthier? Of course it didn't. It never has. The leaders of the Legion sent young, naive Canadians to die because that is what they have always done. And, in the same way, they cheered them on to die in Afghanistan. And no doubt it will cheer again if the U.S. asks for it to kill Iranians or Venezuelans or Cubans.

From its start, the leadership of the Legion has seen its role as kissing  up to the wealthy who make money out of war.
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I won't even pretend to understand this next one. But I include it for readers who can.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52079.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52072.htm
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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/08/09/migrants-stranded-mediterranean-sea-off-italy-no-safe-harbor/1964576001/

If these people were white, really white, would this be happening. And what happens as the numbers of migrants incease, probably to include millions?

We kill 'em all. And praise God.
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https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm&ogbl#inbox/FMfcgxwDqfLFPTMSdDDHTdMmkBswzqzn
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The U.S., even with the help of an ass-kissing Canada has been unable to put together an international group to conquer Venezuela.    Canada has not covered itself in glory on this one.                                                                                                 
https://off-guardian.org/2019/08/13/venezuela-media-factcheck-and-the-lima-conference/
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/06/another-nail-coffin-democracy-and-journalism-us-newspaper-giants-gannett-and

The bigger they   get,, the more our news giants lie. The National Post that now dominates Canada is an embarassment. I get it because it's the only paper here in the capital of Canada. And it's lying trash. The only worse Canadian papers I know are those of the irving press in New Brunswick.

There was brief hope when our national CBC said it would follow the climate issue as other papers (and radio and TV) weren't doing it. But even the CBC can be smacked down by it's upper management. (Been there. Done that.)
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https://truthout.org/video/mass-protests-in-moscow-and-the-us-medias-failings-on-russia-coverage/
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https://theintercept.com/2019/08/13/russia-china-military-africa/

They might well worry. The U.S. military has not performed well over the last  75 years - Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan....and it has made itself enemies over most of the world. If present patterns hold, U.S. will slip behind China militarily and economically. The U.S. could certainly stall this with a nuclear attack on China - and quite possibly it will do so.
But the cost is unpredictable.
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https://theintercept.com/2019/08/13/eduardo-bolsonaro-pro-trump-son-brazils-president-track-ambassador-u-s/

A perfect match for the scum of the earth.
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We are heading into the most dangerous period this earth has ever known. This has been coming since the German surrender in 1945. I well remember that day. I well remember how we were told we were entering a brighter day, how the nations would come together to create a world government that would make war a thing of the past. What should have wakened us was Korea in 1950.

It didn't.

Since then we have blundered from war to war. We have starved at least a hundred million. We have inflicted war and death all over the world. The U.S., as far back as 1945 had begun mass murder, theft of resources in oil countries in the meddle east - and other resources through murder and theft by our (American and Canadian) mining companies.

The U.S. completed most of its mass murder in Latin America to hold its people in starvation and cheap labour.

Canada, almost from the start, accepted its role as an American puppet. Canada killed to  please American and Canadian capitalists. We are now so close to serving the greed of our capitalists that we are allowing them to destroy us. (Check out lumbering and forest sprays (poisons.)

Canada has produced a new generation of capitalist pimps in the shape of the Conservative Party. And they kiss up to their thieving brethren  in American politics and business.

And for 75, these buccaneer capitalists have been stealing the money of all of us.
There is, for a start, the grandest theft in history in which we have enabled major capitalists to take and hide ALL of our tax money. This money we desperately need for health, education, housing, elder care. But they don't give a damn. This is heading us deep into trouble as it creates declining income for all the rest of us - and hardship - and early death. Wake up. This is actually happening. It's not something I made up. We are being robbed. We and our children are being looted.

And no party has come out with an answer to our creation of a world of greed and hunger and misery.

Coping with change? No. We're drifting with lies and hatreds. We're destroying ourselves.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

August 10: the end....?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/09/bolsonaro-blessed-brutal-assault-rainforest-sacked-scientist-warns

The U.S. is intervening in Venezuela and Iran to steal their oil. It is intervening all over the middle east and Africa. It threatens China. Most of our news media see no problem.

President Bolsoharo of Brazil is    doing a fast destroy job on the Brazilian rain forest - a move that, among other things, will cause a rapid expansion of climate change. The U.S. isn't saying a word.
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/09/un-rights-chief-decries-latest-us-sanctions-venezuela-michelle-bachelet

Nor does it give a damn what the UN says. As for the people of Venezuela, this  American interference is why they have to fless to the U.S. It's because the U.S. has destroyed the conditions in most of Latin America.
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Britian has fallen a long, long way since 1939. It's empire is gone. And it's now a shoeshine boy for  the U.S.   As well, the end of Britain as the United Kingdom is in sight. (Canadians should not be smug. We, too, are shoeshine boys for the U.S.)

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/aug/05/uk-joins-us-in-mission-to-protect-oil-tankers-in-gulf
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Today's news seems very slow. Don't be fooled by that. The US is blundering slowly toward war with Venezuela and Iran. But it is blundering. The chaos in Latin America and the middle east is going to get much more brutal. Trump has also taken a giant step toward war with China - possibly
_ with Russia.

Some of this is more than Trump wants. But, for a man who is a  bully, he seems to have a very weak control over people like Bolton in his party.
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I didn't take much news from Canada because there isn't a whole lot to take.
The Liberals have shown virtually no activity on anything. And to propose an oil pipeline in the west at this point in our history is idiocy. Conservatives of whatever branch of that party are dedicated only to giving more and more of our tax money to billionaires so they can spend it on - well, they won't tell us what it's on. But our children find out when they go to school; our sick will find out as they line up for our hospitals, the homeless will find out...

The Greens and NDP? I like them more or less, though their policies come nowhere close to dealing with the general values of their parties. We are in a state that we can't fix with with band-aids. The super wealthy are our enemies. Don't kid yourself.  And they also control most of the news media which are our sources of information.

You can't make deals with people like this. And they are the ones who are holding millions of Canadians in poverty, who steal billions of our tax dollars every year so we cannot offer services this country needs

Dealing with this - and surviving - is what we have to do. We have not done it in a hundred of fifty years of this country. And, over the years, our control over our own country and our own lives has been lessening.

The very wealthy are not our friends.
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Back in the 1950s, there was a nuclear disarmament movement. It died of course.
So now there is new war that will catch us up on what we've missed.

Both countries have nuclear weapons.

Enjoy.

https://www.thetelegram.com/opinion/columnists/gwynne-dyer-kashmir-the-wounded-civilization-strikes-back-340317/
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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/10/sanders-demands-drug-and-insurance-industries-explain-hundreds-millions-they-seem
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Walmart to the rescue!

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/09/workers-and-shooting-survivors-slam-walmart-plan-stop-gun-violence-bywait
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Post Media which owns newspapers across Canada has always demanded liars for its staff. That came from the start by the first owner of those papers, Conrad Black. Black's views are hard right and as lying as it is possible to be.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/08/postmedia-seeks-new-editor-edmonton-journal-what-became-old-one
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http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/alberta-diary/2019/08/fallout-dual-probes-2017-ucp-leadership-campaign-still-drifting

Recently, I had to write a newspaper column for Jason Chenney the Conservative premier of Alberta. As I got into the research, I amazed - and dismayed - that such an ignorant and sell-out lout could be a provincial premier.  Indeed, I have never before seen a procession of such dishonest and sell-out provincial premiers as we now have.
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Of course, the American bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were crimes. These were not military cities. The only people in them were civilians. And the civilians were men, women, children, babies.... It was probably the most savage attack on the helpless in human history.

And no, it was not necessary to end the war with Japan. Japan had already decided to surrender, and the U.S. knew that. A year ago, over Dresden, American and British aircraft bombed the almost entirely civilian city of Dresden in Germany.  Ever since then, U.S. armed forces have largely been used to kill civilians, women and children.

http://rabble.ca/babble/international-news-and-politics/americancanadian-war-crime-74-years-after-remembering-atomic
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https://countercurrents.org/2019/08/us-imposed-opiate-holocaust-us-protection-of-afghan-opiates-has-killed-5-2-million-people-since-9-11
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The terrible thing is that we have come to the point at which we have to consider this.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/08/09/nothing-less-than-a-revolution-can-save-us/
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52072.htm

Sanders is the most compassionate figure in any list of presidential names.  That's why he'll never be president.
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https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/08/08/738533533/how-the-cdcs-reluctance-to-use-the-f-word-firearms-hinders-suicide-prevention
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https://news.yahoo.com/china-surprises-best-export-growth-034939525.html

As the world jockeys for food and trade connections, it is quite possible the US     will decide to nuke China.
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52061.htm
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The U.S. is not a democracy. It never was. Even George Washington did not believe that all people were created equal.  That's why he did not extend the vote to women or even to all men. And his family fortune was built on slavery. Americans, for generations, have been trained on nonsense about the glory of the U.S. And they're fools to believe it.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52071.htm
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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/52057.htm

Starving the poor and children to death is another display of the courage of those splendid lads who serve in the American army. God will bless them. God wants us to  kill foreigners.
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Canada's Harper is a digusting person.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/08/09/news/we-asked-canadian-politicians-why-they-engaged-cult-group-iran

(Our leaders were the ones who destroyed democracy in Iran way back in 1948. They didn't want it to have a democracy in 1948 - and they still don't.
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https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/08/09/opinion/pipeline-fight-not-over-and-canadians-everywhere-have-stake

A huge (and useless) debt for Canada. And like all our debts, the rich won't have to pay for it because they're allowed to avoid taxes. It's our schools, our health system and our money that has to pay for this useless expense.
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https://off-guardian.org/2019/08/10/americas-voters-want-to-remain-deceived/
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https://theantimedia.com/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-critiquing-israel-human-rights/

Of course, before critiquing the human rights violator that Israel has   become, we spare a thought about those countries that refused to  help European Jews from the sttart, we might consider who they were. They were Britain, Canada and the United States. In fact, Hitler helped more Jews to escape than we did - though it was only one family.

He admired his mother's doctor - a Jew. And he helped him and his family to escape to Latin America. Israelis know that. And it has done much to shape Israeli opinion of us.We might forget. Israel hasn't. And the Palestinians are now paying the price for the hypocrisy of us.
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Monsanto is killing us and getting fined for us doesn't help much.

https://truthout.org/topics/monsanto/
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https://theintercept.com/2019/08/06/business-group-spending-on-lobbying-in-washington-is-at-least-double-whats-publicly-reported/
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Thinking of my students in Hong Kong, remembering them, remembering the charm of that city, it is painful to look at it today.

https://theintercept.com/2019/08/07/protest-hong-kong-looks-like-pro-democracy-marchers-lose-fear-police/
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Though you can't tell if from our news media, we are on the edge of several very major wars.- China, Iran, maybe Russia.The price will be more terrible than anything we have ever seen. As likely, there will be no winner and, after it, no civilization.Our whole future, what's left of it, is governed by greed and big money.

Democracy is , in effect dead. Our world is governed by corporations - and they are, quite likely,in danger of collapse. We have completely lost all the moral and religious values we claim to uphold. We are governed by greed and by indifference to our needs. That's why the Ontario premier is the servant of billionaires, why Donald Trump is the attacker of the poor, why billionaire's bully like Chenney of Albera can exist, why the irvings can plunder and abuse the people of the maritimes, why we have a weak prime minister....

These people are taking us  down to poverty and to death. No. I'm not exaggerating. If we're lucky, we'll survive in poverty. Of course, poverty will be the best we can hope for. Our wealthy whom we, incredibly, allow to pocket billions of dollars of what should be tax money, spit in our faces, and take even more. We are impoverishing ourselves while the very rich happily watch. Most of our politicians govern only to kiss the boots of the very rich.

Many of us will die killing for our billionaires.

We are on the edge of a great war with most of Africa, very possibly with China and with Russia, very possibly wars with no parades at the end.